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Celebrating Gaming’s 8 Best Black Characters for Black History Month

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Celebrating Gaming’s 8 Best Black Characters for Black History Month

Black characters weren’t often at the forefront in video game casts when I was a kid, but now that they’re a bit more prominent, it’s nice to see. For the first Black History Month of the new decade, let’s have a look back at some of the great black video game characters from the last decade.

Lee Everett (Telltale’s The Walking Dead)

Black Video Game Characters Lee Everett
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This list wouldn’t be complete without Lee Everett, for many reasons. Lee is one of, if not, the first black protagonist that I was able to play as for a whole game without having to create a character to look like myself. More importantly, even though players influence his actions, he’s well-written.

Lee, along with the others on this list, aren’t walking stereotypes or caricatures. That being said, he does start the game off in the back of a cop car. But you soon find out that he’s a much deeper character than that intro scenario would have you believe.

Voice actor Dave Fennoy brings him to life in a wonderful performance that has you feel for Lee and everything he goes through in The Walking Dead’s seemingly hopeless setting.

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